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Freda & the Firedogs

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Back in Austin’s lazy days of the early-1970s, Freda & the Firedogs were among the earliest of the progressive country bands to draw from other music sources besides C&W. With Marcia “Freda” Ball at the helm, that wasn’t hard to do, the pianist bringing her native Louisiana to the table. The results weren’t as much cosmic as a bell-bottomed bag of folk, folk blues, country blues, country rock, and rock. Thus, the Firedogs' legend was born in 1972, just in time to be forever associated with progressive country. The band came about after Ball talked her way into jamming with Bobby Earl Smith at the One Knite. That fortuitous improvisation brought Lubbock's John X Reed into the picture on guitar, along with the rhythm section of Steve McDaniel (bass) and David Cook (drums), making the Firedogs the pick of the litter. An ill-timed contract with Atlantic Records went awry and wasn’t signed, keeping the band from releasing their much-talked-about debut, which did not see the light of day until issued on CD in 2002. Though Freda & the Firedogs broke up in the mid-1970s, they have taken their place in the pantheon of Austin’s prodigious roots-rockers. – Margaret Moser
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Origin: 1970s
Genre: Country/Bluegrass
Record Reviews:
Freda & the Firedogs
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Full Discography:
Freda & the Firedogs (2002)  
From the Archives:
The Whole Bow (Music Story November 12, 2004)

Alvin Crow plays it his way, always has
Spangles and High Heels (Music Story June 20, 2003)

Long, Tall Marcia Ball
Nowhere but Texas (Music Story December 13, 2002)

Thirty years later, Freda & the Firedogs still didn't sign the contract
Dancing About Architecture (Music Column October 11, 2002)

Everything from 20+ years ago is coming back, starting with Elvis Costello.
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